Employment up in Doncaster as government hails UK record highs

The employment rate in Doncaster has increased over the past year, as the government hails record highs across the UK.

Monday, 23rd July 2018, 2:10 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd July 2018, 2:12 pm
Employment is on the rise

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of people in either part-time or full-time employment in Doncaster rose to 72.7 per cent between April 2017 and March 2018. This was an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the previous year, when the rate was at 71.6 per cent.

It comes as the government celebrated record high employment for the UK in the latest quarterly national figures, which cover the period from March to May. These show employment across the country rising to 75.7 per cent, up by 0.8 percentage points from the same quarter a year ago. Though local employment figures are released simultaneously with the national statistics, they only cover the 12 months to March. In that 12 month period, national employment was 74.8 per cent, putting Doncaster 2.1 percentage points below the national average. The working-age population is grouped into three categories by the ONS - employed, unemployed or economically inactive. This third category includes people who are not looking for a job, such as students or people with an illness or disability. Of the approximately 192,000-strong working age population - those aged between 16 and 64 - in Doncaster in 2017/18, 139,000 were employed.

The unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent - down from 6.1 per cent the previous year - while the number of economically inactive people was 22.4 per cent. This was a decrease of 0.5 percentage points on the previous year.

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In Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole, 73.5 per cent of people were employed in 2017/18, up from 72.8 per cent the previous year. Across Britain the employment rate ranged from a low of 60.8 per cent for the small residential population of the City of London, to a high of 91.3 per cent in Dartford, Kent.

Regionally, the area with the lowest rate of employment and the highest rate of unemployment was the North East -71 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively.

The South East had the highest employment, at 78.5 per cent, while the lowest unemployment rate was in the South West, at 3.3 per cent.

Despite high overall employment, almost every region saw an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits such as Job Seeker's Allowance. Some employed people are able to claim these benefits as well, if they work less than 16 hours per week and are on a low income.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said: "The employment rate is now at a record high of 75.7 per cent.

"With over 3.3 million more people in work since 2010, this Government has seen on average 1,000 more people in work each and every day.

"Making sure our jobs market works for everyone is at the heart of this department's work and the modern industrial strategy, and with over 800,000 job vacancies we have a buoyant jobs market with plenty of opportunities available."